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Judge rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges.

U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Friday that the 2013 law is unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services had sued the state, arguing the requirement will force AMS's Milwaukee clinic to close because its doctors can't get admitting privileges.

The groups argued that would amount to restricting access to abortions in Wisconsin. State attorneys contended the mandate will ensure continuity of care for women hospitalized with abortion complications.

The judge earlier had put the law on hold. On Friday he issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement.

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